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Klaudia M. Rivera

Professor of EducationDirector, I-START ProgramCoordinator, TESOL Program & Early Childhood Program

B.A., Central American University (Nicaragua)M.S., Bank Street College of EducationEd.D., Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Klaudia M. Rivera is a professor of education at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, where she also serves as faculty coordinator of the TESOL Program and the director of the I-START Program, a TESOL teacher residency program implemented in collaboration with the Internationals Network for Public Schools.

Dr. Rivera’s teaching and scholarship address issues of language and literacy and their relationship to power and equality. She has extensive experience implementing programs for English language learners that address their literacy learning and promote bilingualism and biliteracy. Her research and publications are in the areas of language policy, English as a Second Language, native language literacy, biliteracy, critical literacy and participatory and popular education. Rivera’s most recent publication, “Adult biliteracy: Sociocultural and programmatic responses,” was edited with Ana Huerta-Macias and published in 2008 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates/Routledge.


Participatory and Popular Education and Research, Critical Pedagogy, Language and Literacy, Biliteracy, Language Policy, TESOL, Community-based Education, Family Literacy


  • Co-editor and author, “Adult biliteracy: Sociocultural and programmatic responses” (2008)
  • Author, “Sociocultural perspectives and classroom practice,” published in “Working with English language learners: Perspectives and practice” (2005)
  • Co-author, “How threatened is the Spanish of New York Puerto Ricans?” published in “Can threatened languages be saved? Reversing language shift revisited: A 21st century perspective” (2001)
  • Author, “Popular research and social transformation: A community-based approach to critical pedagogy,” published in TESOL Quarterly (1999)
  • Author, “From developing one’s voice to making oneself heard: Affecting language policy from the bottom up,” published in “Socio- political perspectives on language policy and language planning” (1999)
  • Author, “Native language literacy and adult ESL instruction,” published in ERIC Digest (1999)
  • Author, “El Barrio Popular Education,” published in “Many families, many literacies: An international declaration of principles” (1997)


  • Recipient, The David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Literacy Recognition Award. Literacy Assistance Center
  • Member, Latina Rights Initiative at the IV United Nations World Conference on Women and the NGO Forum on Women (Beijing, China)
  • Research Fellow, National Institute of Education at the Latino Institute

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Member, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • Member, International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Member, WE Learn: Women and Literacy